On the Brink of a New Desktop Wallpaper

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Previously released as an exclusive to our In the ‘Works monthly newsletter, a wide variety of Brink wallpapers (from iPhone sized to 2560 x 1600) are now available on the official website for Brink.

Consider it an early holiday gift. And speaking of early, we’re working on getting the next In the ‘Works newsletter out before the holidays.

Planet Elder Scrolls Hall of Fame – November Entries

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Planet Elder Scrolls has announced the newest Hall of Fame mods for both Morrowind and Oblivion. Join us in celebrating the latest inductees…

Morrowind mods

  • Hilgya the Seamstress Expansion 1 by Plangkye: More than 80 new articles of Better Bodies clothing have been added to Hilgya’s store in Dagon Fel. Requires Hilgya the Seamstress.esm.
  • Daedric Warhammer Replacement by Android (shown above): This mod replaces all generic daedric warhammers in the game with a new model and texture, stats remain the same.
  • Pursuit Enhanced by Yacoby: The chase is on. This mod makes up to six people or creatures that are chasing/attacking you follow you through load areas.

Oblivion Mods

  • Companion Share/Recruit by Talkie Toaster: Boss NPCs around or make friends with them! This mod allows you to recruit any NPC in the land to follow you, give them orders, and even access their inventories. Alternatively, you can make friends and influence people by giving gifts, then borrow things from them.
  • Expanded Hotkeys and Spell Delete by scruggs: Just like it sounds, this mod increases the number of hotkeys (to 28) and also lets you delete spells from your spell book.
  • Banes Witchking Lair by Bane: Lord of the Rings fans won’t want to miss this mod inspired by Tolkien’s masterpiece.

Congrats to all of the these modders for their work!

A cornucopia of coverage

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Here’s another web roundup to fill up your web browsers before digging into turkey and mashed potatoes.

In last week’s In the ‘Works, we shared new details on Fallout: New Vegas’ upcoming DLC, Dead Money, which hits Xbox LIVE on December 21st. You can also check out the content’s fact sheet, and above we’ve got the first screenshot.

More news, including coverage on the iPhone release of RAGE, after the jump.

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Win some sweet loot in the Hunted ‘Ultimate Co-Op Sweepstakes’ at GameStop

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Looking to buy a new TV?  Or even two new TVs? Beginning today, GameStop has a sweepstakes perfect for enjoying the co-op experience of Hunted. One lucky winner will take home a double dose of awesome – to keep for their own or share with a friend:

  • Two 50” HDTVs
  • Two Home Theater Surround Sound Systems
  • A choice of (2) Xbox 360 or (2) PS3 Consoles
  • Two Copies of Hunted: The Demon’s Forge.

For full details on prizes and rules, head to GameStop.com.

The Bethesda Podcast Episode 5: John Carmack

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On a very special hour-long edition of the Bethesda Podcast, id Software co-founder and technical director John Carmack joins us for a long discussion on topics ranging from the development of RAGE Mobile to space exploration and Ferraris.

Also featured on the podcast is Bethesda Game Studios level designer Joel Burgess, who shares his Minecraft expertise, as well as his advice on breaking into the video game industry.

You can now grab the podcast via any of the following methods:

Subscribe on iTunes
Direct Download
Streaming
RSS

Win a custom Fallout: New Vegas iBUYPOWER PC at Planet Fallout!

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At Planet Fallout, there’s a new sweeps where can enter for a chance to win a custom Fallout: New Vegas PC — built by the guys at iBUYPOWER. The PC features the NCR Ranger from New Vegas on the case and below you’ll find the system specs…

  • Case: Lexa-S (Fallout: New Vegas Custom Edition)
  • CPU: Core i7-870
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 460 1GB
  • Hard Drive: 500GB 7200RPM
  • Optical Drive: DVD +/-RW

In addition to the grand prize, two first prize winners will pick up a Fallout: New Vegas Collector’s Edition (Xbox 360) with the game sleeve signed by the team at Obsidian Entertainment.

Head to Planet Fallout to enter the sweeps, where you’ll find all the rules.

Cool stuff for a great cause

One of the most commonly asked questions Nick and I receive is, “Where can I get some of the cool swag you give out at events?” While we don’t always have leftovers to use for giveaways, we were recently able to secure some pretty cool items for our games… and it’s all for a good cause.

As many of you already know, over Labor Day weekend, Company of Heroes Online lead designer Brian Wood was tragically killed in a car accident while saving the lives of his wife and unborn child. Since then, we’ve seen tons of support for Brian’s family from within game development community, and we decided that we’d like to help out, too. Over the past couple months, we’ve started working on collecting items to auction off on eBay — with all proceeds of the auctions going to The Brian Wood Memorial Trust.

Beginning today, these are the items we’re auctioning off:

All auctions are running now and will end in seven days. This is your chance to get some cool, limited stuff in time for the holidays. To those that win, we thank you for helping contribute to Brian’s family.

Update: Despite what the listing says, we will ship to winners outside of the US.

More from the Brink Parkour Tour

Wanted to share this crazy leap from Daniel Ilabaca’s Beyond the Brink: 2010 European Parkour Tour. Remember, Daniel’s a professional… don’t try this at home. Yikes!

This week, the YouTube Channel for Daniel’s tour has new videos from the tour in Vienna — watch them here.

Also, in more game-related news, you can watch a new interview with Paul Wedgwood on YouTube from Platform32. Catch it here.